Every week, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media. Here is our list for this week.
Even if it’s fake, it’s real
Even fake images and hoaxes can trigger interesting discussions on topics that matter to us. Should we really care that much if something is not real? Or should we learn to live with the awareness that not all we read in modern media is real by definition? Find out what Matt Haughey has to say on the value of entertainment versus the truth (with some great examples!).
A simple but brilliant idea by WITNESS and the Guardian Project: why not have an eyewitness mode on your mobile device that would deliver verification metadata with the image or video recorded? It might not be so easy to implement this idea, but apps like Informacam are pointing in the right direction.
Is this an outcome of the debate over journalism values? The quest for truth seems to precede over the internet correcting itself, as Buzzfeed starts debunking their content before publication. “There was a time when everything was gaming to get on top of Google search results. But trick headlines that disappoint people are counterproductive”, says Summer Anne Burton, managing editorial director of Buzzfeed, in a longread article of CJR. It shows that the likes of Buzzfeed, one example of a modern-day newsroom, are reconsidering their values.